THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
Following the departure of Chris & Al the band still had commitments to fulfill, especially a tour of Holland and Scandinavia where they had become huge favourites confirming the band had always been more popular in Europe than in the USA. Rick recruited another former Dillard & Clark member, Don Beck for the pedal steel duties and Eric Dalton took over on drums and after hurried rehearsals flew to Holland for the tour in February and March 1972.
By this time the typical Burrito show, now known as "The Hot Burrito Revue", consisted of Rick performing the best known songs from the band's history adding a few new additions to the setlist including one song written by Rick "I Already Know" which remains unrecorded by Rick as a studio version, and the remainder of the show was given over to the bluegrass musicians, already recording under the name of "Country Gazette", playing mostly familiar instrumental tunes by the likes of Flatt & Scuggs etc.
The major show in Holland was at the "Concertgebouw" in Amsterdam on March and unknown to Rick at the time the whole show had been recorded which soon emerged as a bootleg LP titled "Sin City".
Later under pressure from the Dutch based record label Rick agreed that the show could be released officially, but in Holland only, and in 1973 Ariola released a double LP set "Live In Amsterdam" containing most of the show.
|THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - Live In Amsterdam
- THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS: Live In Amsterdam (2 LP)
ARIOLA 86439 (HOLLAND) 1972 / BUMBLE GEXD 301 (UK) 1973 / PHILLIPS 6641-144 (UK/ HOLLAND) 1973
Band: Rick Roberts, Byron Berline, Kenny Wertz, Alan Munde, Roger Bush, Don Beck & Eric Dalton
In 1974 the double album titled was reissued as two single albums "In Concert" & "Bluegrass Special" was put out by Ariola under the Burrito name with the secong LP containing the complete "Country Gazette" segment with several songs not on the original 2 LP set.
Rick was never happy about the quality of the live recording and is convinced that the bootleg was actually a record company ploy to get an official recording released, certainly the albums were easy to come by outside of Holland.
|THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS - reissues
- THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS: Bluegrass Special (Live In Amsterdam) (ARIOLA 86501 (HOLLAND) 1972)
The complete "Country Gazette" set from the Amsterdam Concertgebuow show
including some songs not on the 2 LP "Live In Amsterdam" set.
- THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS: Live In Concert (ARIOLA 25000ET (HOLLAND) 1972)
THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS
In Holland even though the band were now no more the Flying Burrito Brothers had almost legendary status and following an offer for one final tour Rick resurrected the band using the same musicians as 1972 except that Sneaky Pete returned on Steel replacing Don Beck.
Playing similar shows to the 1972 tour although the bluegrass influence was even greater because of the continuation of "Country Gazette" and lack of rehearsal for the Burrito material, the tour was a success with a couple of shows recorded and broadcast on various Dutch radio stations.
The tour over, individual projects and careers were resumed but considering how popular the band were in Holland it is fitting that the first era of the Flying Burrito Brothers should end there.
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A Fiddler's Diary